This paper identifies links between migration and poverty, and their
implications for social policy. Much is known about migration-poverty
links – but also, a lot depends on asking the right questions: different
approaches conceptualise both migration and poverty in different ways.
The paper argues that context-dependency needs to be central to attempts
to understand migration-poverty linkages. It also highlights areas of
research that have been under-studied, in particular around children in
migration. Based on these finding, the paper discusses the implications
for aid policy and donor-driven processes like PRSPs. Challenges for
policy makers at the national and regional levels include practical ways
of integrating migrants into development processes, but also more
entrenched issues related to the way social policy interacts with
This paper was prepared for the UNRISD – IOM – IFS project on Social
Policy and Migration in Developing Countries.
de Haan, A.; Shahin Yaqub. Migration and Poverty: Linkages, Knowledge Gaps, and Policy Implications. (2008) 23 pp.
Migration and Poverty: Linkages, Knowledge Gaps, and Policy Implications